Today I am welcoming Lisa Mondello. She is promoting her new book, All I Want For Christmas is You. This is the perfect read to start off your holiday season. Be sure to check out my review after reading an excerpt.
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Number of pages: 192
Word Count: 40,000
Sometimes fate needs a little hand…
Santa Claus is going to have a rough season… Lauren Alexander is raising her daughter alone. Abandoned by her family for her decision to keep her daughter Kristen, she has done a pretty good job for the last six years. Or she thought she had. That’s why she is crushed when little Kristen gives up her wish for a toy or goodie and instead asks Santa for a present for her mother. She wants Santa to bring a Daddy. Delivering Daddies isn’t Santa’s bag.
But this Santa has a plan…
Kyle Preston knows what it is like to be abandoned too. Luckily he found the support of loving adoptive parents and has turned himself into one of the most successful Real Estate developers in town.
Building a house is easy. Building someone’s trust is a whole other story. But with a little helping hand, a little Christmas magic can make all the difference in the world.
“You don’t have to be afraid. This will explain it all. I promise you.” He smiled warmly and Lauren wanted to trust him if only to believe in simple kindness.
With shaking hands, she took the piece of paper, warm from being in the pocket close to Kyle’s body. She held it up straight so that she could see Kyle while reading the words on the paper.
“Dear Santa…” she read out loud, then read the next part silently. “Oh, no,” she groaned.
“I know. That’s just how I felt.”
Lauren shot him a skeptical glance. “How did you get this?”
“Kristen gave it to me.”
“That’s impossible. Mrs. Hopkins just helped her with it this afternoon and-”
“And she gave it to me in the Mall,” Kyle finished for her.
She looked at him quizzically, still trying to comprehend the course of events leading up to his seizure of her daughter’s precious note.
“It’s not that hard to figure out, Lauren,” Kyle said warmly.
His dark eyes gleamed with the light from the lamppost. He wore no hat to protect his head from the falling snow. Now his hair was filled with powdered flakes, matting it down.
His grin was bright and wide as he informed her, “I’m Santa Claus.”
I love a good holiday story. Every Christmas season I look for some good holiday themed books that really bring out the meaning of the season. This book definitely lives up to my strict criteria. Lisa Mondello has done a wonderful job bringing in the feelings and emotions of the season along with just that of daily living. As most people will agree emotions during this time of the year tend to be more sensitive. That’s why when I find a good Christmas romance I latch on. The romance between Lauren and Kyle drew me in and had me sighing with every page turn. It’s not just their romance though that makes this such a must read for the season. It is definitely the element of family and the importance of trying to mend fences during this time of year that really solidifies this as a fantastic holiday novel. I would definitely suggest anyone who loves Christmas, romance and family to pick this up and read it. You won’t regret it.
I’d like to thank Lisa Mondello for stopping by today and Bewitching Book Tours for letting me host this spot. If you’d like more information about Lisa Mondello you can check out her links below. If you want some additional information about All I Want for Christmas is You you can stop by Barnes and Noble, Amazon or any other book retailer.
About the Author:
Lisa Mondello (a.k.a. LA Mondello) has held many jobs in her life but being a published authors is the last job she’ll ever have. She’s not retiring! She blames the creation of the personal computer for her leap into writing novels. Otherwise, she’d still be penning stories with paper and pen. Her first book, All I Want for Christmas is You, was the winner of the Golden Quill contest for Best First Book and to date has had over 400,000 downloads worldwide.
She is currently the author of 14 novels under the name Lisa Mondello and LA Mondello. You can find more information about Lisa Mondello at http://www.lisamondello.blogspot.com